Post by abbeytheferret6 on Jun 25, 2016 13:36:48 GMT -5
The guy that occasionally gives me squirrels, gave me a copperhead snake gutted and cleaned that his wife killed. I do remember some time ago a guy on forum killed and fed his ferrets a rattlesnake. Anyway, I cut more off the head area and stuck it in the freezer today for 2 wks. Will report if they like or dislike in future. Kind of scary to feed a poisonous snake.
Post by abbeytheferret6 on Jun 26, 2016 3:20:35 GMT -5
Unfortunately, Salmonella bacteria cannot be eliminated from the intestinal tract of reptiles. Administration of antibiotics to eliminate these bacteria has been unsuccessful and may result in emergence of Salmonella bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. Attempt to raise or identify reptiles that do not carry Salmonella bacteria have also been unsuccessful; therefore, bacterial culture of stool samples in an attempt to identify reptiles that are not carrying Salmonella bacteria is not recommended. www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=17+1796&aid=623
Generally, Salmonella poisoning occurs from consuming contaminated meat, eggs, cheese, raw vegetables, raw fruit, nuts, spices and unpasteurized foods. According to Food Safety, the only way to properly get rid of Salmonella is through heat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cooking all foods to the recommended temperatures to prevent Salmonella poisoning www.reference.com/food/freezing-kill-salmonella-4adf6337e9e9d2ad
As far as freezing---
Refrigerate the carcass as soon as possible. It can also be frozen. The meat's integrity remains intact, and the coloration of the skin is unaffected. www.wikihow.com/Cook-a-Snake